NumPy, SciPy, universal builds, and default fortran compiler for scientific ports

Joshua Root jmr at
Thu Jun 17 11:37:11 PDT 2010

On 2010-6-18 04:30 , Scott Webster wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM, vincent habchi <vince at> wrote:
>> Well, that's not a question especially tied to scipy or numpy. Question is: with the rapid obsolescence of ppc* and i386 machines, what's the point in compiling universal apps ? If the response is: compile on a fast machine, execute also on a slow one, then I think it's worth also for scipy/numpy.
> Some ports only work 32-bit.  So, I have to install them, and their
> dependencies, as 32-bit.  But some of those dependencies are shared
> with other ports I use, which I have installed 64-bit.  So those
> shared dependencies have to be universal.  At least that's my
> understanding of a "point" to universal programs.

Right. Hence my question about dependents. Deploying to a machine that
is different to the build machine has never really been supported.
People packaging binaries build with MacPorts were still interested in
that even back when universal meant i386/ppc, of course.

- Josh

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